All Welcome for JWU’s Celebration of Service; Honorees Announced

Johnson & Wales University will come together to honor more than 150 dedicated faculty and staff and their commitment to the university, its students and its mission, on the morning of Friday, April 12. All are welcome to attend this cherished university tradition.

The program begins promptly at 9am (doors open at 8:30am) in Schneider Auditorium, Xavier Academic Complex (Downcity Campus). Congratulations to the 2019 honorees! View listing.

Staff who reached a milestone year (5, 10, 15…40) as of the end of the 2018 calendar year will be recognized.

Faculty who reached or will reach a milestone year during the current 2018-19 academic year will be recognized.

RSVP is required to events@jwu.edu. Staff: please check first with your supervisor to ensure that your department’s operations are maintained.

Albis Repeats as National Champion; JWU Wrestling Finishes Third at NCAA Championship

Senior wrestler Jay Albis has had one of the best careers of any Johnson & Wales University student-athlete. On Saturday, March 9, he was deemed the NCAA Division III National Champion at 125 pounds—for the second year in a row. As a team, the Wildcats finished third with 63 points, exceeding 2017’s fourth-place finish as the best in program history. Coach Lonnie Morris shares his thoughts on the team’s success this season.

Coach Lonnie Morris Receives Wrestling’s Highest Honor

On March 7, the night before his team started its quest for a national championship, JWU’s Lonnie Morris, men’s wrestling head coach and assistant athletics director, received his sport’s highest honor. The 26-year Wildcat mat boss was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Coach of the Year.

“We are pleased to recognize this year’s National Coach of the Year recipient Lonnie Morris and want to thank him for providing a quality experience for his student-athletes, and for being an outstanding role model to our sport,” said Mike Moyer, NWCA executive director.

Johnson & Wales had a program-best with nine wrestlers qualifying for the NCAA Championships, March 8-9, in Roanoke, Virginia. The Wildcats made history by becoming the first New England school to send nine wrestlers and set an NCAA Northeast Regional record by scoring 187 points. It was JWU's third regional title in a row.

The regional championship, which was February 23-24, was JWU's fourth tournament title of the year to go along with the Roger Williams Invitational, New Standard Invitational and New England Dual Meet Championship. After dominating this year’s regional championship, Morris was named the meet’s Coach of the Year and JWU’s Brian Allen was named Assistant Coach of the Year.

As a native Rhode Islander, giving back to the wrestling community is also important to Morris. He and his team are very active in the community with over 200 hours spent helping Beat the Streets Providence and conducting many clinics at clubs and high schools throughout the northeast.

Congratulations to Lonnie Morris.